blossom-day

Blossom Day

A big day in our calendar! This is held at Overton Farm, Crossford. We showcase our delicious apple juice at this very popular farmers' market. A great opportunty to promote what we do. We sell our juice, give advice on orchard/tree planting, talk apples and much more. We hope this very popular day resumes next May 2022 and will advise when dates are confirmed to us.

INVITED TALKS

We are contacted throughout the year with requests to give talks on aspects of our work by schools, recreational groups and organisations. If this is something that may be of interest to you then please get in touch and we will see what we can do. We hope to resume this service and will advise when we know dates.

Fruit Day

Clyde Valley Orchard Cooperative attends the Clyde Valley Fruit Day held at Overton Farm, near Crossford,

Clyde valley orchard cooperative ltd

We are a group of enthusiastic orchard lovers and owners based in the Clyde Valley around Lanark. The cooperative’s aim is to retain, maintain and replant the historic orchards of our area in a way that is relevant to the needs of this beautiful part of Scotland. The history of fruit growing in this area goes back many hundreds of years and through our work we aim to ensure that future generations will enjoy the blossom, fruit and unique landscape that has been part of our heritage for many decades to come.

We hope this website provides a valuable resource of information on the orchards of the Clyde Valley. It is designed for both local people and visitors to the area. So whether you own an orchard or garden, want to get more involved in outdoor activities, or simply want to find out more about this special feature of the Clyde Valley, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Here are some of the initiatives we have already achieved through various Grant Funding, Member and volunteer contributions.

  • PLanted over 2000 fruit trees in the local area – reviving old orchards and creating a new community one at Kirkfieldbank.
  • Set up a small production operation to process local apples to sell as juice.
  • We now supply our juice to various small outlets around the Clyde Valley.
  • We participate and support local ‘event’ days within the locality.
  • We facilitate a range of free training programmes connected with the growing and maintenance of trees/orchards.
  • Deliver educational talks to local community groups and schools.
  • Find ways to partner local groups, e.g. CCI, South Lanarkshire Beekeepers.
  • Contributed to local foodbanks during lockdown.

 

The Clyde valley

Fruit trees are a common sight along the middle reaches of the Clyde Valley with the village of Hazelbank at the heart of the main orchard area.

For more information on events, travel and wildlife in South Lanarkshire see the following websites.

Old orchard in the Clyde valley

Events in 2021

We hope to resume some of our usual events later in the year and will update this  site accordingly.

Throughout the year we attend a number of public events and also offer to give talks on fruit growing in the Clyde Valley some of which are historical whilst others are based upon our own experience. Dependent upon the time of year we offer public Apple Juice Pressings where we welcome donations of apples for juicing. We also offer our own Apple Juice for sale at such events.

Our Events Calendar lists details of our various event attendances and talks 

apple Picking

No Dates as yet

Members, old and new, are invited to assist with Apple Picking on our picking days. 

In October
Apple Picking takes place in Kirkfieldbank Community Orchard.
The land is rough and steep so please wear appropriate clothing such as sturdy boots and waterproofs please.
It’s not known whether this activity will proceed in 2020. More information will appear later in the year.

Fruit Day

Clyde Valley Fruit Day, Overton Farm, near Crossford.

Members of the Clyde Valley Orchard Cooperative attend the annual Clyde Valley Blossom Day at Overton Farm in the October. There is no information for the 2020 event at present. We will post more details when it becomes available.